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Painting the Face of Yangchenma

  • Pure Land Farms 3265 Santa Maria Road Topanga, CA, 90290 United States (map)

Traditional Tibetan Thangka Painting Introduction

Saturday and Sunday October 19th - 20th: 10AM - 6PM

$250, including lunch and all art materials.


In this 2 day workshop we will be introduced to the symbolism of tantric imagery and the practice of meditation through sacred painting. We will start with the Yangchenma’s face, the guardian of the arts, inspiration and creativity to be followed as a path to liberation.

After the theoretic introduction, we will start with the drawing of her face following the traditional geometric proportions considering her spiritual anatomy which remind us of our own qualities in a practice of presence and focus. After learning about the proportions and doing our drawing, we will begin with the basics of tibetan painting, with wet and dry shading, finalising it with contour and golden details.

After this wonderful weekend together, you will take home a symbol of your own devoted presence with Yangchenma’s beautiful soft smile and gazing eyes

This course is introductory and anyone with or without art skills, is welcome to join if you feel motivated to use art as a support for meditation, presence and devotion.


Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist specialized in Thangka: icons of Tibetan Buddhism, where she studied at the Norbulingka Institute, India (2003-06) and graduated in Visual Arts in Brasilia. She enrolled in several courses on Islamic Geometry at the Prince School in London and completed a training in Graphic Design in Germany. Her largest project which took five years for its completion was to coordinate and paint the murals of the Buddhist temple in south of Brazil (2007-12) at Lama Padma Samten’s community. In 2016 she founded the Atelier YabYum, an art retreat center in the mountains of Extrema, MG. She offers workshops throughout Brazil, Peru, Chile, USA and India, where annually she guide art groups to. In addition to the traditional sacred arts, she develops her own paintings related to the intuitive and contemplative process. Learn more: